The Jephthah Cycle - Day 4

Opening Prayer:

Dear Lord, You are always and forever. Help me to serve You faithfully and consistently in the short and fleeting life You have given me. Amen.

 

Read: Judges 11:7-8 (NIV)

“Jephthah said to them, “Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why do you come to me now, when you’re in trouble?” The elders of Gilead said to him, “Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be head over all of us who live in Gilead.””

 

Reflect:

You know what’s embarrassing? Having to go to someone you just rejected or ridiculed and then ask them for help! Imagine this at work where “that department” always messes up and so you try to go it alone only to find out that you don’t have everything you need to get it done right and need them after all.

Well that’s the position that the elders of Gilead are in. They sent Jephthah away and cut him off from the family due to his illegitimate status as a son of a prostitute. And then they get a little pressure from a neighboring country and begin to realize just how valuable Jephthah the “mighty warrior” (Judges 11:1) actually is, and how his leadership of the Gilead army could lead them to victory.

It’s easy to change our behavior for the desires or needs we have for the day or week or year. Whether it is to get what we want at work, what we want out of our children, or numerous other situations, we change who we like or what we think based on what we want. God wants us to be more consistent by keeping our eyes on Him always. He should always be our guide and our rock, keeping us grounded in what’s right and good.

 

Apply: 
 

Where are you inconsistent in your behavior when it helps you get what you want or happens to be convenient? Write these down and give them to God to direct you in your actions. He should be our focus and pleasing and glorifying Him should be our goal!

 

Closing Prayer:
 

Dear Lord, You are the ultimate, consistent One in life. Help me to be consistent in my faith and actions to glorify You through my life. Amen.

Terry Schneider